Candidate Profile
Clay Yarborough

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Clay Yarborough
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 12
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
American Conservative Union FL (ACU-FL), 2019:  96%, 93% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  90%, 90% (cum.)
Liberty First Network (LFN), 2017-18:  75%

90%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Florida Education Association (FEA), 2017-18:  F

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

1
*National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

1
*Florida Chamber of Commerce

Reported by Candidate

6
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, State Reps Renner, Byrd, Duggan, Cummings, Former State Rep Lake Ray, State Senators Bean, Bradley, Hutson, Several Jax City Council Members

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Janet Adkins (2008), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2016), Republican Women's Organizations (2016), State Republican Party Organizations (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
22
67 Florida (2020), Alliance For Honest Government (2020), Building a Better Economy (2017), Committee for Accessible Government (2018), Committee for An Affordable Residential Environment (2020), Committee for Economic Development (2011) and 16 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2020), North America's Building Trade Unions (2011), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (2011)

Summary

11%

LIBERAL

89%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

If the mother's life is truly in danger. Adoption is a much better alternative if a mother or parents do not wish to keep a baby under any other circumstance.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Non-Essential spending unrelated to infrastructure, public safety, justice/judicial system, education, certain water and agricultural purposes, should be considered for reduction. However, even within the categories just mentioned, there are efficiencies that could be found. An open checkbook is not healthy.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means the government should not intrude into the church and seek to control or run it. It does not mean the church should not be allowed to have a positive influence on the state. It also does not mean the politically correct method that is daily applied by and through government and so many people today.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Healthcare coverage should not be mandated. Government should ensure insurance companies and providers are not taking advantage of customers/patients and should allow individuals to make their own decisions about what is best for them and their family.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Those who have lawfully gone through the established process. Illegal immigration laws should be enforced.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am saved only by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ and apart from Him I am nothing. When I was five years old, my Dad explained that I was a sinner and told me I needed to believe on Jesus for Salvation. I accepted Him into my heart, but did not understand about living for Him daily until my college years. I finally realized it is not a "Sunday only" thing, but you must live for Christ Monday through Saturday and in all aspects of your life. I am now married with four boys and my wife and I are committed to nurturing and admonishing Godly principles into our sons and any additional siblings they may have one day. Proverbs 3:5-6 is very pertinent for me and I believe John 3:16 sums up the plan of God for the world and man.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

As a member of the Jacksonville City Council, I voted 'no' on whether to add special LGBT preference laws to the books. In the Florida House, I voted against a gun control measure, plus an attempt to allow hard liquor to be more easily accessible on grocery store shelves versus being sold only in separate business units.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I began following current affairs toward the end of high school and decided to run for City Council at the end of college. I served eight years locally, then realized a need existed in the Florida House for the area in which I live. Now in the House for four years, I pledge to remain a faithful voice and dutiful representative for District 12 and all of Florida, if re-elected.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your survey and I look forward to continuing to serve in the Florida House, Lord-Willing. God bless and, if you live in State House District 12, please vote CLAY YARBOROUGH on August 18 and, hopefully, November 3!


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Some cities and states with the strictest gun control laws have some of the worst gun-related crime rates. I support the 2nd amendment and do not believe law-abiding citizens should be punished for the acts of non-law-abiding citizens. The best thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Pro-Life legislation 2. Pro-Business legislation 3. Repeal of unnecessary regulations

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes. Racial tension is symptomatic of a lack of peace. The unrest has reached significant levels in the past, but the current boiling point seems the worst ever, by far. Events of late are bringing about more fear in people's hearts, particularly in more vulnerable populations. Only Jesus can give us peace. God help us.


Background

Education
  • University of North FL, Jacksonville, Bachelor of Business Admin, 2005
  • FL Community College, Jacksonville, Associates, 2002
Work & Military
  • First Coast Manufacturers Association, Business Development Manager, 1
  • UPS, HR Supervisor, 12
  • UPS, Loader, 3
  • WJCT Public TV, Camera Operator, 5
Affiliations
  • First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Member for 35 years
  • City Rescue Mission, Board Member for 7 years
  • Landmark Middle School, Volunteer of the Year
  • Sheriff's Advisory Council, Member
  • Citizens Planning Advisory Committee, Member
  • School Advisory Council, Member
Offices
  • City Council President, Held 1
  • City Council Member, Held 7
 

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